New England has been investigated for questionable tactics before, including “Spygate,” when the Patriots were disciplined by the league for videotaping the New York Jets’ defensive coaches’ signals from an unauthorized location during a game in 2007. There also was “Deflategate,” a controversy involving the allegation that Tom Brady ordered the deliberate deflation of footballs used in the Patriots’ AFC Championship win over Indianapolis during the 2014-15 playoffs.
Taylor last faced the Patriots in the Super Bowl to end the 2018 season, when he served as the Los Angeles Rams’ quarterbacks coach, but he said Monday the Bengals are treating them as “just another opponent.”
“They’ve obviously had a lot of success, but you just have to really look at what they’ve done this year and attack this opponent and not worry about all the achievements they had years ago, last year even,” Taylor said. “We have to look at what we face this week and what gives us the best chance to win. You can’t worry about all the things that come with the Patriots.”